Gina, Jerry Lee, and Holly on Limbo Beach, Orkney
Gina, Jerry Lee, and Holly on Limbo Beach, Orkney
Gina Longo Britain Unleashed® Author, Historician, Solo Traveller Dog-friendly historical travel stories with a cheeky twist
Gina Longo                                          Britain Unleashed®Author, Historician, Solo Traveller     Dog-friendly  historical travel stories with a cheeky twist

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Here you'll find intros and links to the five most recent newsletter posts.

Jerry Lee and Holly in Glencoe, Scotland Jerry Lee and Holly in Glencoe, Scotland

Post #2 (p. 14): the Tour de GB: Richmond Park

27 July 2019


8. Traffic.


Unless you've been living on a desert island your whole life (and lucky you if you have), there's an excellent chance that at some point, you've sat in traffic... horn-blowing, temper-flaring, get-out-of-my-way-you-idiot traffic. Invariably when you're running late for The Most Important Event in Anyone's Life, Ever.


Of course, if you're a driver, there's also a better-than-average chance you've been stuck behind a Lycra-clad cyclist struggling up a hill. (And why do you always find yourself behind a cyclist on both a hill and a curve at the same time?)...


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Post #2 (p. 13): the Tour de GB: Richmond Park

29 June 2019


7c. Fun and Games: Golf... or a Good Walk Spoiled.


There seem to be a lot more funny golf jokes than there are funny horse jokes (feel free to draw your own conclusions as to why), so for our stroll around the links, we'll tee off with thanks to Jeremy Ellwood of Golf Monthly:


Golfer to caddie: “Why do you keep looking at your watch? I find it very distracting.”

Caddie: “It’s not a watch, sir—it’s a compass.”


I'm not a golfer—I'd rather enjoy my walks—but if you are, then hie yourself over to Richmond Park, where you'll find not one but two royally-named courses waiting for you....


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Post #2 (p. 12): the Tour de GB: Richmond Park

1 June 2019


7b. Fun and Games: Just Horsing Around.


<insert non-eye-roll-inducing horse joke here>


I did try to find a funny horse joke to start off the second period of our sports romp around Richmond Park, but my efforts were to neigh avail, so we'll skip the joke and get straight to the serious horsing around.


If you caught Page 1 of the Richmond Park saga, you might remember that the park owes its existence to horses—or at least to one king's obsession with horses and hunting. (And given what ended the rein... I mean, reign... of King Charles I, you have to wonder if author Washington Irving spent any time reading British history for inspiration.)...


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Post #2 (p. 11): the Tour de GB: Richmond Park

4 May 2019


7a. Fun and Games: Cricket, Rugby, and the Olympics.


After slugging our way through the many wars that Richmond Park has had a hand in (Britain's sparred in quite a few international punch-ups over the years, hasn't it?), it's about time we lightened it up a bit. So to set the mood, here we go, with thanks to


The cricket fan had dragged his wife and child along to the ground to watch the local side. He watched with interest, but they were plainly bored and shifted uncomfortably in their seats. The child brightened and turned to the mother. "They just shouted 'Over!'" she said. "I know," replied her mother wearily, "but don't take any notice. It goes on and on and on."...


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Post #2 (p. 10): the Tour de GB: Richmond Park

6 April 2019


6g. War and Empire... once more for good measure: World War II (Part 5)


If I'd known what a dangerous country the UK is, I'm not sure I'd have been gutsy enough to travel alone around it for so long. (Although to be fair, I did have a top-flight security team!)


From big cities like London, Leeds, and Manchester to the hinterlands of Shetland and Wales, it sure seems as if people get bumped off left and right. And you know what? Those aren't even the deadliest places to visit....


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